I’ve decided to dedicate my very first post to one of my current favorite brands – ColourPop. If you haven’t heard of Colourpop, you must be living somewhere under a rock, since it has been simply everywhere in the past year. (Well, almost everywhere. ColourPop only ship within the US and other select countries at the moment, since they don’t understand how much we love them and want to buy their products. Please ship worldwide!!)
So in favor of those of you who don’t know this fantastic company (seriously, do you people even exist?!), ColourPop is an indie company, generated in the anonymous city of Los Angeles. The company prides itself for experimenting only on humans (and not animals), for creating products that are almost all vegan (the ones that aren’t are listed in their website), and for producing products of high quality for an extremely low price (all prices range between $5-$8 for a single product).
I first came across ColourPop about a year and a half ago, not long after the company was launched, while watching a review by the youtuber Coffee Break With Dani. (Confession time – I am addicted to Youtube. I’m subscribed to a couple of dozens of beauty channels, and I watch every single new video that is uploaded. “Thanks” to Youtube my makeup addiction has massively grown over the past couple of years). When the company was first launched, it created only eye shadows and with time it expanded and started creating a range of other fabulous products; lipsticks (lippie stix), lip liners and liquid lipsticks, blushes, bronzers and highlighters, and lately they launched a new line of gel liners – both in pencil and jar form.
Since I first heard about ColourPop I’ve been highly intrigued about the company, and because I don’t live in the US it was hard for me to get my hands on their products. However, I was lucky enough to visit my uncle in miami last year, and a few months later he came to visit here, so I put out a few modest orders to his house which eventually made their to my lovely makeup stash. (And while I am writing these lines I have 2 more orders coming my way…I am NOT addicted!)
And now after this extremely long introduction, let’s talk about the products a bit more in depth. Today I’ll be reviewing only the eyeshadows. I have a lot of different ColourPop products, and I think reviewing all of them at once will make this post super duper long (as if it isn’t long enough as it is..). I’ll dedicate different posts in the future to the rest of the products.
Let’s get started!
Firstly I would like to say that the ColourPop eyeshadows, better known as Super Shock Shadows, are among my favorite eyeshadows. I’ve been using them for about a year now, and they are FANTASTIC! They are extremely long wearing, even without using a shadow primer. My work days are pretty long, and I have days in which I’ll be with my makeup for up to 12 hours, and these eyeshadows do not budge. Even if the rest of my makeup looks awful, my eyeshadows stay in tact, as if I just did my eye makeup.
The shadows have an extremely unique texture – It’s hard to explain, but it’s a combo between a mousse, a cream and a powder. They feel a bit wet to the touch, as if you are touching a damp sponge. The texture is truly unique and there are barely any similar products out there, (I’ve heard that the Chanel Illusion D’ombre shadows are similar, though I haven’t tried them myself). Because of their special texture, each eyeshadow comes in an individual little white jar, and it is extremely important to seal the lid tightly so the shadow doesn’t dry out. This is also the reason you cannot depot the shadows. Each individual shadow contains 1 oz (2.1 gr) of product, and costs only $5!
The shadows come in a variety of different finishes; satin, matte, metallic, ultra-metallic, pearlized and pressed pigment. The main difference I see between the metallics and the pearlized shadows is that the pearlized shadows have a lot of little compressed glitters that give the shadow a very fine finish resembling, well, a pearl. Metallic eyeshadows have lots of raw glitter that make your eyes sparkle! Ultra-metallic shadows have a kind of a liquid metal look to them. I’ve tried most of the finishes (besides the satin and pressed pigments) and I have to say the shadows are truly amazing. In my experience though, I feel that even though the matte eyeshadows are great, they are a bit harder to blend than the rest of the finishes.
For best results, ColourPop recommends applying the shadows to your lids with your fingers and then blending them out with a brush. I completely agree with this method, it definitely brings out the best results with the best pigmentation. Personally, however, I’m not a fan of this method when putting shadow in the crease or the outer V. With a brush it’s much easier to be precise. And even though you can use a brush to extract product from the jar, i find it results in less pigmentation and you have to build it up. Since you usually use matte eyeshadows in these areas of the eye, I often find myself using matte shadows from other companies because I just can’t be bothered, (lazy me!).
I hope you haven’t fallen asleep, cause the best part is now..Swatches!!!
Where The Light Is
The first foursome of shadows I own were created in a collab with one of my favorite youtubers, Kathleen Lights. These shadows were originally sold in a quad named Where The Light Is but are now also sold separately. (She also just collabed with ColourPop once again and created a new quad, 2 lippie stix and 2 matching lip liners!)
Glow – A matte cream colored shadow. it’s a perfect brow bone shade, and personally I love using it all over my lid to even out my tone and as a base for other shadows.
Cornelious – A matte caramel-brown shadow. This shadow is a great transition color, it blends amazingly and is super soft. One of my favorite matte shadows.
Blaze – My favorite shadow of the quad. It’s an amazing metallic dark goldish bronze with a touch of khaki and a billion glitters.
Kathleenlights – Named of course after the creator of this quad. A pearlized goldish-copperish shadow. (Don’t you just love my descriptions? They get even better!)
The Bright Ones
Girly – A pearlized cream colored shadow, with flashes of gold and pink. This shadow has some duo-chromeness to it, and is great as a highlight in the inner corner.
Fringe – A metallic shimmery shadow, champagne colored with gold and silver glitters. I love this one for a simple day to day look.
I ♥ This – A silvery taupe metallic shadow with a ton of glitter. Unfortunately, I left this shadow (and two others) open one morning while rushing off to work, and it dried out a bit. It is still usable, but it’s not the same.
Lovely – Yet another metallic shadow (oh how I love metallics!). it’s a bright gold shimmery shadow and this one is great for a daily look but could also be used for a classy evening look, paired with a black liner.
3 Rose Golds and 1 Copper
Amaze – Probably my favorite ColourPop shadow (you can tell just by looking at it, I’ve hit pan!). It is a metallic bright rose gold, with lots of shimmer. IMHO it’s perfect for any occasion – whether it’s used for a day to day look, going out with friends or a special event (such as a wedding). I think this shadow is amazing and it’s the first one I recommend when I’m asked about ColourPop. It’s name definitely justifies itself.
La La – Another rose golden shadow, except this one is ultra-metallic. It is pretty close in shade to Amaze, just a tad darker. Honestly this one does not seem ultra-metallic as described, it doesn’t have that “liquid metal” look to it. It reminds me more of the pearlized finish than a metallic one. Regardless, it’s a beautiful shadow.
Sequin – And another metallic rose gold one. If you compare it to La La, at first they will look identical, but when taking a closer look Sequin has a bit more copper to it and a lot more shimmer. I probably don’t need both of them in my collection…but I could say the same thing about the other bazillion shadows I own!
Game Face – A ultra-metallic copper shade. In comparison to Kathleenlights it’s a much darker copper (a penny copper while Kathleenlights is a gold copper). This shadow also seems pearlized to me, and I don’t see the ultra-metallicness to it.
The Browns and the Bronze
On the Rocks – A bronze metallic shadow with purple and gold glitters. One of the most special shades I own. At first glance it looks like just another brown shadow, but boy is this one a beauty!!!
Bandit – A matte warm brown shadow with an orange undertone. It’s a great transition color, but I find this shade hard to blend so I don’t reach for it often. I do however like using it all over my lid for a smokey look.
Mooning – A pearlized dark brown-bronze shadow, filled with plenty of little gold glitters. This shade is stunning but unfortunately I suffer from a lot of fallout with this one, which prevents me from using it often.
Mittens – A dark chocolate matte shade. This is the second shade I left open, and it has almost completely dried out. For this reason I can barely use it, even when trying to add a liquid such as Fix+.
A Pop of Color
Get lucky – This is a “true gold” ultra-metallic shade, with a yellow undertone. With this shade I finally understand the meaning of the ultra-metallicness. The shade indeed has a liquid metal look to it, it looks kind of wet when applying to the lid, as if it is a cream shadow. This is a must have for gold lovers.
Drift – A pearlized cranberry shade. I find this shade stunning, perfect either for a pop of color or it can even be used for a neutral look.
Hustle – The perfect burgundy shade, matte. This is the third shadow I left to die on that same morning. It seems that the matte shadows dry out quicker than other shades. This one is completely dried out and I’m afraid it can no longer be saved.
Bae – Definitely the most unique shade of the bunch. This is a metallic one, and when just looking at it, it appears to be a dark sparkly navy-turquoise shade. But once it is swatched you discover it is actually a burgundy-eggplant shade (which resembles Hustle), with a ton of blue glitters. This is a standout and special shade, which gives a beautiful twist to your look.
The Special One
Birthday Girl – The last shade I currently own is unfortunately a shadow you can no longer purchase. Well you were never actually able to purchase it, since this is a limited shade which was released for ColourPop’s first birthday (thus the name), and was gifted with every purchase that was made during a specific time around last May. I was lucky enough to get this in my order since I did order around that time. The shade is a metallic gold, which is darker than Lovely but different from Get Lucky, since this one has more of a champagne tone to it. It is a beautiful shimmery shade, which has a bit of fallout.
And that’s all for today! I told you it’s best if I don’t review all my products at once, I’ll leave those for another post. As you can see, I love ColourPop shadows, and I have no doubt I’ll be purchasing more from them in the future.
ColourPop products can only be purchased off their official website, and as I’ve mentioned before they currently ship only to select countries, so if you don’t live in any of these you can try and use a shipping service.
So until next time, I would love to hear your thoughts on ColourPop products! Did you try them out? What do you think of them and what are your favorite ones? Also, I would love to know what you thought of my first post – was it detailed enough? Too long? Suggestions and ideas of improvement are welcome! And by the way, if you have no idea who I am and where are I suddenly came from, feel free to check out my About Me page!